The Top-30 WordPress Plugins [Infographic]

When it comes to functionality and performance, it’s hard to beat a WordPress website.

But all that power doesn’t just happen. It’s the result of the plugins you select to solve problems and add features.

The challenge, of course, is choosing the right ones. Since you have to choose from a database of more than 22,000 options,  the whole topic of WordPress plugins can be overwhelming.

So I wanted to share this infographic that lays out 30 of WordPress’s most popular plugins:

Wordpress Most Popular Plugins

This infographic is courtesy of WordPress Templates and Designed by Technology Infographics

Here it is again, grouped by category:

SEO

Spam Checker

Playing Nice with Google

While you’re at it, check out these alternatives to Google Analytics

Other Technical Functionality

Connecting with Visitors

Content Management

Monetizing Your Site

One word of warning: Too many plugins can slow down your site. When considering them, keep these 5 principles of website usability at the top of your mind.

Your turn

Do you agree with this list? What are your favorite WordPress plugins? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

About 

Kathryn Aragon is editor of The Daily Egg, and offers advanced training for content marketers at KathrynAragon.com. Follow her on Twitter and Google+.

Comments

  1. Awesome list! I’m so glad you gave the links to each plugin too. My favorite SEO plugin is Yoast! Its good compared to other! Thanks for the share :)

    • Yoast is one of my favorites too, Satish. I’m not sure that one will ever be outdone.

      • Hey Kathryn, I couldn’t agree with you more. WordPress SEO by Yoast is one of my all time faves. I am also a big fan of Google XML Sitemaps. I love the way you created this list as an Infographic, you are very talented. Keep up the good work.

        Damian,
        CSS & JavaScript Toolbox

  2. Woo-Commerce should also be in this list under Monetizing Your Site category.

  3. Great list! I use or have used almost all of the plugins you mentioned.

  4. Nice list, thanks….Wordpress SEO by Yoast is awesome i think. And what about Tweetmeme retweet button? Why it isn’t on list?

  5. Hey Kathryn,
    I read this post on the right time :-)
    I am planning to my infographic directory website this month :-)
    Thanks a lot for this post

  6. The list could have included security plugins for wordpres

  7. Thanks for the share Kathryn, love these infographics! These are some great plugins as well.

  8. Hi Kathryn, fantastic summary of plugins. I use quite a lot of them and need to get on to a few others it seems. Nice to see them all in one place. I also wrote a post recently about contact forms, as that seemed to be a jungle in itself.
    great work
    ashley

  9. Hi Kathryn, What plugin are you using for the inforgrahich? it is good to have enlarge & embed. Thanks. Jeff

    • Hi Jeff. I’m not using a plugin for the infographic. I just use good old-fashioned embed codes. To do a “click to enlarge” link, try this:

      [open bracket] a href=”large image path” rel=”nofollow” [close bracket, then open bracket] img src=”small image path” alt=”small image description” width=”” height=”” border=”” / [close bracket, then open bracket] /a [close bracket]

      Use the width and height of your small image. If you want, you can also put in the small image description “Click for larger image.”

  10. Thanks for the great list Kathryn! I would also add SEO Rank Repoter which I found it very useful :)

  11. Another great list. I recommend the Sendola plugin for future updates. It lets users send your contact details to their phone for free. check it out.

    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/sendola/

  12. WordFence needs to be added to the list!
    It provides great security as well as malware scans of your WordPress site. After discovering that my personal blog was infected, and it subsequently fixed the problems, it immediately became my favorite plugin. It’s the first one I install on every new WP site.

  13. I have been looking this kind of wordpress plugins. Great collection of wordpress plugins. Thanks for share.

  14. I think All in One SEO pack is better than Yoost SEO plugin!
    awesome collection….

  15. very useful list. thanks for the article. in most of blogs i have seen tht “all in one SEO pack” is the best one but when i search in wordpress.org, its getting less rating than other plugins. dont know why…

  16. Very comprehensive list Kathryn. However, you’ve not included Word Fence security plugin. It’s good.

  17. A very nice post with a nice list of plugins. Thanks very much for the list.

  18. Hi Kathryn,

    Very Useful List of Plugins.. My Fav is SEO Yoast and Contact Form 7..Keep Posting!!!

    Regards,
    Anchit

  19. hey Kathryn, great article! always like hearing the latest and greatest on WordPress plugins.
    Try checking out the Barc commenting plugin – it’s a new way to add real time commenting to any site with useful features like private chat rooms, language translation and embeddable multi-media to name a few.
    Please check it out!
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/barc-chat/

  20. Very nice list ! I bookmarked it and use it almost every day ! THANKS ! :)

  21. Hi Kathryn, really awesome article thanks! Since you seem to be up to date I was wondering if you would knew about a plugin that would allow to show on the same feed all your facebook, twitter, instagram… latest posts? I have came accross a few that only allow feed per social network not all under the same… any suggestion would be greatly appreciated…. Keep up the good work !

  22. Hello Kathryn! Great List, I’m new to wordpress so I’ll be definitely installing a good amount of these. Quick question, where can I get the top and sliding (floating) “420” flares social bar? I definitely need something like that! Thank you 😀

  23. Nice Colletion of wordpress plugins, Thanks !!
    I was looking for a good sharing plugin, Thinking to add “Sociable” to my site.

    • Sociable is a good one, but I found it didn’t always put the Facebook like button at the top of the page. You might also try Flare, iShare, or Simple Share Buttons Adder.

      • Dear Kathryn, Thanks for the detailed information about Sciable,
        I’m currently using “Flare”, but the proble with flare is that it shows 0 Flares | 0 Facebook likes | 0 Tweets… and so on when I or somebuddy shares my post on Facebook.

        In short Flare is distrubing my “expert” content on Facebook and other social media.

        I love flare as it’s really impressive and eye catching sharing option, can you please help me solving the issue listed above?

        • Interesting problem. I just checked out your website, and it looks like it’s working — I didn’t see any recipes with 0 shares. But if you’re unhappy, it’s always worth testing something else. With Sociable, you’ll have the fancy share buttons below your post, but you won’t have the sidebar slider. I say give it a try and see if it helps sharing.

          Good luck!

  24. Just Came Across This Today! I Actually Added a Couple of Different Plug Ins to my Site From Your List .. Including the Fast Secure Contact Form. Very Helpful!

    Thanks Again!

  25. thank you for sharing this post it help me most

  26. I need a plugin that pushes my posts to Facebook. I’ve looked at 3 “top plugin lists” and none have had this on them?? Can someone recommend a reliable one? I found one “Social Marketing” but now it doesnt work.

  27. The SmartFilter plugin is a great addition to the security plugins you listed, it’s great for detecting and countering cross-site-scripting attack!

  28. Great list! Also, a lot of people don’t know that their WordPress website can be accessed like a native app on iOS and mobile devices. If you are interested, WP-Webapp is an excellent way to give your WordPress website app-like access and functionality.

  29. WP Super Cache, not WP Super Cashe :) :)

  30. Flare has Added a new icon at the end of All flare icons which is giving link to FILAMENT dot io, I hate this thing because users will be diverted to their site, and they didn’t even put nofollow. :(

    Flare is no longer in use on my site, searching for another great plugin.

    • They sure did… How irritating! Let us know if you find something.

      • Yes I Found a way to Remove “FILAMENT icon” from the share bar – Here it is:
        1. Go to the plugins page in your wordpress. (Where all installed plugins are listed)
        2. Edit Flare plugin – Click on the “Edit” link just below the “Flare”.
        3. Editor will open default “flare.php” to edit, but We don’t need to change anything in it. So just click on “flare/views/sharebar.php” from the right side list of files.
        4. Search for the following code and remove it.

        <span data-type="filament" class="-button button-type-filament -iconstyle- last" style="background-color:#9848b5;z-index:">
        <span class="-button-wrap">
        <span class="-button-icon">Filament.io


        5. Click on the “update file” button to save the changes.
        6. You are done, Have fun! :)

        (You can also do it by downloading the “flare/views/sharebar.php” to your computer and edit it, then just upload and replace with the original one)

        Please let me know if you are facing any trouble, OR need any further assistance. I will be happy to help.

  31. Great list, but for E-Commerce I would recommend WooCommerce should be in the list and Yoast SEO should be on the top of the list, it’s now a mainstream SEO plugin for WordPress.

  32. Wow. Thanks Anand and Kathryn. The final text file solution worked perfectly to remove the filament icon from the sharebar. Your expertise is much appreciated, saved me so much time and effort!

  33. Awesome
    I love the way your described with an image and seriously many of these, I am already using and the rest, I have just installed :)
    Thank You.

  34. Awesome list, thanks for posting it, I’ll share this on Facebook!
    Actuallzy, I already have some of these plugins, but there are some new that are going to be installed immediately. Google Analytics for WordPress will be the first one. :-)

  35. Thank you for this information I just plugged in all you suggested hopefully for my blog.

  36. Nice list, but you should consider to include some sucurity plugins.

  37. Nice infographic, covers a lot of that I initially install on my wordpress sites. I’ll have to take a look at WP Polls and Really Simple Captcha for the contact plugin.

  38. hello really a nice article i am wondering on net for some plugins but in your articles its realy helps me alot now i have remove unusefull plugins from my wordpress and install all plugins but jetpack is installed but when i am going to activate it, then its gives me error like your site is not publically accessible tell me how to resolve this issue.
    thank you in advance.

  39. Thanks for sharing infographic with us.

  40. Wow….comment images?! That’s great, thank you. I would never find it by myself. Fixed widget another winner. Good job

  41. really nice collection

  42. Nice list! Have used most of them but Broken Link Checker was not one I had come accross before, thanks for sharing.

  43. Probably the most helpful blog post ever, haha

  44. Some plugins I have and some I don’t, like Buddypress and Redirection. Great plugins. Thanks!

  45. Yoast SEO is better than All in one seo.

    I use yoast in my all sites. Used All in one seo too, but Yoast got it better.

  46. Great post Kathryn Aragon

    Specially Thanks to you for posting this valuable post for wordpress most useful and popular plugins… I was searching many plugins for my websites to doing exprements for getting more success by earning more money from blogging…

    I found your blog now after long time, Now i am subscribing you and getting more valuable contents for future. Thanks again … Have a nice day or night :) When you see my comment :)

    Thanks …

  47. I recently found a great plugin called Magic Backgrounds. It’s a brilliant idea to keep your blog always fresh. It has season dependent backgrounds and comes with some builtin wallpapers (not so great) that you can change…

  48. My favorite WP plugin is AIOSP, it works well for me
    although many bloggers said Yoast is better than AIOSP, i still use AIOSP :)

  49. I recommend this plugin wordpress.org/plugins/audio-comments/

  50. Thank you so much… I have tried and tried to do this… thanks for your help

  51. awesome wordpress plugins list Thanks for sharing. I have also a WordPress plugin please check it out socialappshq.com/widget/landing and Give me feedback

  52. Yoast SEO is my absolute favourite!!! Automize is also improving on my list.

  53. Excellent infograph thanks for sharing. Few days ago I used this plugin http://wordpress.org/plugins/business/ Excellent for a corporate website with options to Team Members, Testimonials,FAQ, Skills and Back To Top button on any wordpress website.

  54. i love w3c total wordpress plugin, it will boost ur site speed, especially because of CDN setting. its awesome feature!

  55. Hi, We also were using the All in One SEO plugin but have since moved everything over to Yoast because it is far more comprehesive. I have yet to find a comperehensive auditing tool covering all aspects of web audits, so we are busy with developing one that covers linkage, speed, onsite and social media!

  56. Thank you for this great list Kathryn! There is only one flaw – we’re not on there 😉

    Are you planning to update this list at some point? Reason why I’m asking: We’ve built a 100% free, innovative (!), so-easy-that-my-granny-can-use-it-plugin which allows bloggers to add social & share icons to their blogs, give them counts, add pop-ups and many other features. Please have a look: Ultimate Social Media Icons.

    We’ve really put a lot of thought into it, and now facing the challenge that nobody knows about us :) So if you ever decide to write an article where we may fit in, it would be great if you could mention us – we’re young and need the publicity :)

    Thank you Kathryn! Cheers, Nick

  57. Awesome infographic , but not to forget that there are some really good security plugins that you can add for example wp login security 2 and wordpress firewall and my personal favorite wordfence.

  58. Great collection looking forward to the next post.

  59. Hi Kathryn,
    Saw some remarks on chat rooms plugins.

    We have developed a new type of chat room, combining group chat and private video chat.
    This means you can talk in a group but for private chat you can move to one on one video or audio talk.

    I think it is worth mentioning it, hope you can give it a quick glance.
    https://wordpress.org/plugins/rumbletalk-chat-a-chat-with-themes/

  60. All the plugins are best but i wonder why you didn’t use any live chat plugin on your blog..

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